Church in a Root Bound Terrarium

Ezekiel 17

Captivity of the Church
Leader of the Church Chose Rebellion
The Broken Promise
Covenant Breaker Destroyed
New Jerusalem

Living in a root bound terrarium is better than rebellion that causes a separation with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. The battle is not ours to fight but it belongs to God through Jesus Christ. Under the present system of global government, Christianity is existing within that root bound terrarium. And that is at its best. In this year 2022, Christians are more like fish in a fishbowl being shot at. But the principle is the same, to remain faithful to the Spirit of Jesus Christ and stay away from rebellion. The policies of the national, state, and local government are not compatible with the teachings of Christianity. Christians will never expand their roots and grow branches into powerful places within the government based on the mark of the beast. Human sentiments and the Spirit of Christ are not compatible with the human robots. Rebellion against being root bound in a terrarium only serves to sever the relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is not the leader of a rebellion, and His followers are not rebels. Ezekiel addresses that exact same thing in this chapter.

Captivity of the Church
The first eagle is the government that took God’s people captive. This scripture is describing a church that is in a terrarium. It’s allowed to grow as long as its roots do not encroach beyond determined boundaries and its branches do not extend above and beyond those boundaries. It is described as being a low spreading vine, not much of a tree at all, but still had growth. That church was also placed in the center of commerce where it would have ample supplies to maintain its restricted life. It experienced a degree of prosperity. Still, the roots of the Cross of Jesus Christ would be there, even though its existence is in captivity. That is something to be thankful for. In other words, the government that took God’s people captive would not allow the church to overshadow government authority. The hostile government used church leaders to oversee the church terrarium to ensure its roots and branches do not extend past its boundaries. Using church leaders to restrict the growth of the church led to some problems that led to chaos

.” …he broke off its topmost shoot and carried it away to a land of merchants, where he planted it in a city of traders. “‘He took one of the seedlings of the land and put it in fertile soil. He planted it like a willow by abundant water, and it sprouted and became a low, spreading vine. Its branches turned toward him, but its roots remained under it. So, it became a vine and produced branches and put out leafy boughs.” Ezekiel 17:4-6

Leader of the Church Chose Rebellion
The second eagle is the entity through which the church leader formed an alliance of rebellion. It is the same church leader given the responsibility to watch over the church terrarium. Instead of that, he decided to stretch out its roots beyond the boundaries of the terrarium. That leader couldn’t bear the restrictions put on the church. He began to feed the life of the church through the rebellious alliance. Before, the church was able to enjoy its roots in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but now its roots are submerged in rebellion. It would no longer enjoy even the tiniest of the fruits that would blossom from the Spirit of Christ. By choosing rebellion instead of Jesus Christ the church withers away and its roots are easily unearthed.

“‘But there was another great eagle with powerful wings and full plumage. The vine now sent out its roots toward him from the plot where it was planted and stretched out its branches to him for water.’ “Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Will it thrive? Will it not be uprooted and stripped of its fruit so that it withers? All its new growth will wither. It will not take a strong arm or many people to pull it up by the roots. Ezekiel 17:7,9

The Broken Promise
Now, the Lord has a word to say to the rebellious church people and is going to explain the story of the two eagles. The first eagle is the equivalent of the international community using all the prominent leaders of the church for its purpose. To create an image of a government favorable to the church while restricting its growth. The government also took away the leading influencers of the church to ensure to keep the church low and from ever rising again. The only way that the church would survive is through a treaty with the government. So, the leader of the church made that agreement. Unfortunately, the leader of the church did not keep the terms of the treaty and formed a power alliance to rebel against the international community. The second eagle is the power behind the rebellion. The church leader will be killed by the government it rebels against.

“Then he took a member of the royal family and made a treaty with him, putting him under oath. He also carried away the leading men of the land, so that the kingdom would be brought low, unable to rise again, surviving only by keeping his treaty. But the king rebelled against him by sending his envoys to Egypt to get horses and a large army. Will he succeed? Will he who does such things escape? Will he break the treaty and yet escape? Ezekiel 17:13-15

Covenant Breaker Destroyed
The power behind the rebellion is no help to the rebellious church when the battle rages against the international community. The oath that the church leader broke is the cause for the utter defeat of the church. When the church decided to go the route of rebellion, it discarded the terms of agreement made with Jesus Christ. The contract signed at the Cross in the blood of God’s Son was ripped up by the church. Jesus is not a leader of a rebellion, and His followers are not rebels. When the church leader broke the contract with the government, it resulted in discarding the Word of God. In other words, the battle belongs to God through Jesus Christ and is not for us to undergo. As Christians, we have to abide in Christ through all circumstances. God’s judgment does come, the leader of the church rebellion is killed, all of the rebellious troops of the church are killed, and the survivors of the church are scattered. The church is totally destroyed by choosing rebellion over Jesus Christ.

“He despised the oath by breaking the covenant. Because he had given his hand in pledge and yet did all these things, he shall not escape.” Ezekiel 17:18

New Jerusalem
The battle is not ours to fight but it belongs to God through Jesus Christ. Those who remain faithful to the Spirit of Jesus Christ has a home in the New Jerusalem. That contract is signed in the Blood of Jesus Christ. Through all the pain, trials, tribulation, heartache, and bloodshed that Christians suffer, there will be the faithful few who hold to the contract made with Jesus Christ. We will nest and find shade in the branches of the tree that God plants through Jesus Christ.

“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel, I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the forest will know that I the Lord bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. “‘I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’” Ezekiel 17:22-24

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